Salma Hayek is not impressed with Frida Kahlo's Barbie makeover

Salma Hayek is not impressed with Frida Kahlo's Barbie makeover

Kahlo's family and corporation, which possess the rights to her estate and creations, allege the Mexican icon's image was stolen and distorted.

Mattel also provided a statement from the Frida Kahlo Corporation in which it said it derived its rights to reproduce Kahlo's image from Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo.

A lawyer for Romeo added that Mattel did not have the rights to use Kahlo's image, according to the news agency.

"I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida's, not this doll with light-colored eyes", Romeo told AFP.

Critics have slammed Mattel for their representation of Kahlo, pointing out their decision to mostly eliminate her famous unibrow, flawless her famous look and glamorise her elaborate and traditional Tehuana-style dresses.

Released just ahead of International Women's Day, the "Inspiring Women" collection includes dolls based on Kahlo, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and other historic figures.

Salma is not the first to speak out about the Frida Barbie.


In a statement, the family insisted Mattel was not authorised to base a doll on Kahlo.

Pablo Sangri, Romeo's lawyer, communicated that the doll was a kind gesture but for the company to continue to sell the doll, it would need to be redesigned; features would have to be renegotiated.

Matter vice-president Michelle Chidoni avoided insists that "these dolls are depictions of awesome women who did fantastic things in their time and represent real-life examples and stories for girls to be inspired by", she said.

Her instantly recognizable look - unibrow, thick black braids, flowery, hand-embroidered Mexican "tehuana" dresses - and the boldness with which she wore it have turned her into a pop icon. Fans of the painter have also criticized the fact that the doll doesn't appear to have any signs of polio, a disease that incapacitated her for most of her life, or the life-long injuries that were caused by a bus crash in 1925.

But the latter has violated their contract by failing to inform Kahlo's relatives about the uses of her image, he told AFP.

Kahlo (1907-1954), the wife of the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, is considered one of the great painters of the 20th century for her searingly intimate portraits, often dealing with her own pain and isolation.

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